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Brian Birdwell/ 9-11 Survivor

Featured on Woman to Woman on September 11, 2010.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brian Birdwell and his wife, Mel, are both survivors of the terrorists' attacks on September 11, 2001. After hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, Birdwell was thrown to the ground and engulfed in flames. Of the burns that consumed 60 percent of his body, nearly half were third degree. While he was fighting for his life and undergoing 30-plus surgeries, intensive skin grafts, and unbearably painful medical care, Mel was fighting to maintain the couple's faith and their family. They believe Brian was spared for the purpose of telling others about the Gospel, and they delight in sharing God's love and sovereignty with others.

Brian is a native of Fort Worth, Texas, and a 1984 graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Graduating as the Distinguished Military Student through the Army ROTC, he continued his service in the United States Army at Ft. Sill, Okla. After subsequently serving in South Korea for 18 months, Birdwell returned to the States and met his future wife, Mel.

Birdwell was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received on September 11, 2001. After serving his country for 20 years he retired, and together with Mel they founded Face the Fire Ministries, Inc. The ministry was established to assist burn survivors and wounded servicemen and women and their families.

The Birdwells have one son, Matt, and a golden retriever, Hayley. They reside in Granbury, Texas.

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